Passive Design Toolkit for Homes

The toolkit has been written to inform City staff and the design and development communities about passive design. While covering best practices, the toolkit addresses the specific needs of Vancouver and outlines a succinct definition of what ‘passive’ means for Vancouver. This toolkit can be used as a reference for best practices, and considered complementary to design guidelines and policy.

Making Progress on B.C.’s Climate Action Plan

British Columbia’s world-leading Climate Action Plan was launched in 2008 with aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) targets of a 33% reduction from 2007 levels by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050. This report lets British Columbians know if the Climate Action Plan is on track. The indicators are very positive.

Provincial GHG’s fell 4.5% from 2007 to 2010 while at the same time, BC’s GDP growth outpaced the Canadian average, demonstrating that a strong carbon pricing policy that is revenue neutral can coexist with a growing economy. In fact the policy of taxing something undesirable (GHG  emissions) and reducing taxes on something desirable (income) is leading to innovative clean technology growth and changes in behaviour as both companies and individuals make choices based on the carbon pricing policy.

Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments

Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.  The report provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches. It also examines the roles government can play in pursuing these changes: shaping government’s own operations, mandating or providing incentives for private choices, and engaging in public education.

Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars

The paper on Acting on Climate Change: Solutions by Canadian Scholars presents ten key policy orientations, which could be adopted to kick-start Canada’s transition toward a low-carbon society. The paper received input from 70 Canadian scholars from every province. It was collectively written by 31 Sustainable Canada Dialogues7 (SCD) scholars and reflects expert feedback from 11 SCD reviewers, who were not part of the core writing team, and from 10 external reviewers. The paper focusses on viable, large impact interventions for consideration by Canadian citizens and policy makers.

Summary Report on Local Government Climate Actions 2018

This report illustrates the continued progress by local governments to reduce carbon emissions through highlighting examples of the achievements and experiences of small, medium, and large communities in 2018. It includes:

  • Update on local government progress towards corporate carbon neutrality
  • Highlights of climate mitigation and adaptation actions taken by small, medium, and large communities across BC
  • Hyperlinked list of funding sources and programs used by local governments in support of climate action
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Community Energy & Emissions Planning: A Guide For BC Local Governments

This guide describes the purpose and content of a community energy and emissions plan, its benefits, and how to go about creating one. The guide provides practical tips, examples from BC communities, and links to more detailed information. It is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to provide sufficient information for local government staff and elected officials to understand the key components of a successful plan and point to further resources.

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Community Energy and Emissions Modelling

Community energy and emissions modelling (CEEM) is a tool that allows local governments to assess the impact of projected land use changes on future energy use and GHG emissions through different transportation patterns and the built environment.

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Map of CEEM analysis for City of North Vancouver

CEEM enables local governments to understand the emissions and energy implications of future development scenarios in their communities. It may be used in the development of local government GHG targets, policies, and actions in official community plans (OCPs), regional growth strategies (RGS), community energy and emissions plans (CEEPs), climate action plans, and integrated community sustainability plans (ICSPs).

Local government staff, namely sustainability and land use planners are the key drivers in CEEM efforts. With practitioner support from the private sector, not-for-profits, academia and other levels of government, planners use CEEM to explore the emissions and energy implications of future land use development, and to actively engage their fellow financial and engineering colleagues, gaining insights and priorities from their community constituents and direction from their elected officials.

Case Studies

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The LCR Planning Handbook

The LCR Planning Handbook compiles the results of the Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative (ICABCCI), drawing on best practices and key learnings. ICABCCI ran from 2018 until 2021 and involved 10 partner communities of all shapes and sizes, and at all stages of climate action. This handbook beings together the learnings and findings from the initiative. It outlines an integrated climate action planning process that is systemic and cross-cutting, identifying opportunities between risk and emissions, while advancing climate action co-benefits.